The 9 best movies to watch on Netflix in October

The 9 best movies to watch on Netflix in October
  • Here are the best movies coming to Netflix in October.

  • See "Scarface," "Dune," and "Backdraft."

  • Check out the Netflix original "Pain Hustlers."

"Backdraft" (October 1)

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Ron Howard's "Backdraft."Universal

In Ron Howard's hit 1991 thriller, Kurt Russell delivers one of the best performances of his career as the lieutenant of a Chicago fire department who tries to track down a serial arsonist — all while showing the ropes to his kid brother (William Baldwin), who is signed on to be a firefighter at the same house.

The movie also has a great supporting cast made up of Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Scott Glenn.

"Dune" (October 1)

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Zendaya in "Dune."Warner Bros.

Denis Villeneuve's sprawling adaptation of Frank Herbert's acclaimed sci-fi novel hits Netflix this month.

While "Dune" doesn't come close to touching the book's gripping conclusion — that will come in part two — this story still boasts some powerful moments as Paul (Timothée Chalamet) realizes his true potential.

"Mission: Impossible" (October 1)

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Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible."Jacob T. Swinney/Vimeo

Spend an evening watching the evolution of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise. In the first movie, Tom Cruise teams up with legendary director Brian De Palma to bring the hit TV show to the big screen.

Continue watching all the way through to "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" and witness Cruise's thirst for incredible stunts kick the franchise up another level.

"My Best Friend's Wedding" (October 1)

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(L-R) Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney, and Julia Roberts in "My Best Friend's Wedding."TriStar

For one of her best roles to date, Julia Roberts stars in this comedy as a woman who is determined to break up the upcoming marriage of her old flame.

Get ready for a musical interlude featuring "A Say a Little Prayer" and great supporting roles from Dermot Mulroney and Cameron Diaz.

"Saving Private Ryan" (October 1)

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Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan."Paramount Pictures

Steven Spielberg chronicles the horrors and bravery of war in his masterful look at World War II. Tom Hanks stars as a captain who is ordered to go behind enemy lines and bring home a soldier whose brothers have all been killed in the war.

"Scarface" (October 1)

Al Pacino in "Scarface."Universal via YouTube

It's a big month on Netflix for director De Palma. To create his masterpiece, De Palma and screenwriter Oliver Stone remade Howard Hawks' 1932 gangster movie, but switched things up by setting the movie in 1980s Miami during a time when cocaine was being flooded into the country.

Al Pacino delivers one of his most memorable roles as Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee who becomes a drug kingpin.

"It Follows" (October 11)

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Maika Monroe in "It Follows."Radius

This horror follows a teen (played by Maika Monroe) who is pursued by a supernatural spirit after a sexual encounter.

"Silver Linings Playbook (October 17)

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Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook."The Weinstein Company.

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence costar in this fantastic dark comedy. Cooper plays a man with bipolar disorder, who is trying to get his life back on track after being released from a psychiatric hospital. He meets a young widow, played by Lawrence, who agrees to help him get his estranged wife back if he enters a dance competition with her.

The movie was nominated for eight Oscars in 2013, with Lawrence winning the award for best actress.

"Pain Hustlers" (October 27)

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(L-R) Chris Evans, Andy Garcia, and Emily Blunt in "Pain Hustlers."Netflix

Emily Blunt and Chris Evans' characters find themselves in a load of trouble in this Netflix original when they begin striking it rich working for a sketchy pharmaceutical company in Florida.

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